As part of the £1.4bn Transpennine Route Upgrade. Transport Secretary Grant Shapps is to rule on planned changes to Huddersfield’s 19th century rail station and not the Kirklees council, in what is to be a huge revamp of the line between Manchester and York.
Remodeling the station, Network Rail intends to knock down and replace – or improve – eight bridges between Huddersfield and Westtown in Dewsbury.
The company is applying to Mr Shapps for a Transport and Works Act Order to authorize the construction and operation of the Transpennine Route Upgrade. That means the government will take the final decision on plans and not local powers.
Kirklees Council however were informed in regards to the potential forthcoming renovations to the region and town. They hosted A briefing and informal meeting of Kirklees Council ’s Strategic Planning Committee with detailed “considerable change to the historic fabric” of the Grade I-listed station, which was built between 1836 and 1849. Which includes the loss of some historic elements and alteration to the setting of adjacent listed buildings such as the Grade II-listed railway warehouse.
Remodeling the station complex will involve:
- Creating a new layout enabling four-way tracking across Huddersfield Viaduct, allowing for express trains to bypass slower trains and freight services.
- Rearranging and extending platforms.
- Widening platform 1 and providing a new island platform.
- Building new roof canopies along with a footbridge at the northern (Leeds) end of the station.
- Extending the existing passenger subway. A redundant parcel tunnel will be filled in.
- Dismantling and reconstructing the 1880s Tea Rooms.
- Introducing overhead line equipment throughout the station.
Bridges deemed too narrow or low to accommodate the new wider rail line and overhead electrification lines will also be demolished and rebuilt, or improved:
- Huddersfield Viaduct – to be improved
- Grade II-listed Wheatley’s Colliery Bridge, Leeds Road, Bradley – demolish and replace
- Grade II-listed road bridge, Colne Bridge Road – demolish and replace
- Mirfield Viaduct, Newgate, Mirfield – introduction of overhead line structures
- Wheatley’s Viaduct, Steneard Lane, Mirfield – introduction of overhead line structures
- Occupation Bridge, Thornhill Road, Westtown – to be widened
- Toad Holes Bridge, off Watergate Road, Westtown – to be infilled and deck reconstructed
- Ming Hill Bridge, off Huddersfield Road, Westtown – to be infilled and deck reconstructed
The bridge work, particularly at Colne Bridge, means major disruption for local residents, businesses and commuters as both Colne Bridge Road and nearby Dalton Bank Road will be isolated from the Cooper Bridge junction.